“I feel like family”
Four-star and top-100 running back/linebacker Devin White has visited Ole Miss multiple times.
He knows the Rebels and head coach Hugh Freeze. And his primary takeaway – a “family-based” feel – is why Ole Miss finds itself among his favorite schools.
“It’s a family-based school,” White said. “Everything around here is family-based. That’s the type of stuff I like – family and relationships. That’ll take you a long way in life beyond football.
“When I’m around here, I feel like family. They take you in, they care for you.”
Ole Miss closed out spring practices with its annual Grove Bowl game Saturday afternoon. White was among the recruits in attendance, making the trip over from Louisiana with five-star QB and Rebel commitment Shea Patterson and four-star cornerback Shyheim Carter.
White said Ole Miss has other factors playing in its favor. The Rebels could offer immediate playing time at linebacker, and the 6-foot-2, 260-pound White, the No. 3 inside linebacker in the country according to Scout.com, has a good relationship with Freeze and defensive coordinator Dave Wommack.
“Coach Freeze and coach Wommack, we talk a lot,” he said. “Most of the time it’s not about football, it’s about things going on around here and how to be a better man. It’s beyond football, and that’s what makes it so great.”
As for playing time, Ole Miss is set to lose senior linebackers Denzel Nkemdiche and Christian Russell following the upcoming season. White, should he stick to defense, would seemingly move in as a replacement.
“It’s a big influence because it lets me know I can come in here and compete for that spot,” White said. “I want to be on the field as a freshman. With my capabilities, I should be on the field as a freshman. That’s a big deal that they have a spot.”
White holds no shortage of offers, though he's focused on a handful in the early stages of the recruiting process.
“I’ve been to some places,” he said. “I’ve been to LSU, Alabama, A&M and Arkansas. A lot of schools are showing me a tremendous amount of interest, but those are the ones I’ve been able to get to so far. I plan to visit some more.
“Bama, their lack of running backs when I come in, they’ve got a spot for me. The coaches, I like all the coaches. Arkansas, same thing as well. Those two running backs are leaving, and Texas A&M is talking about me playing both ways. That’s a good thing, kind of change the SEC. LSU is home. I go there, I should feel at home. If I don’t, something’s wrong. I just go there and keep trying to build a relationship.”
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